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"The Marble City"

Sylacauga is a city in Talladega County, in the Talladega-Sylacauga metro area.

One tradition says the community's name derives from Creek words that mean "buzzard" and "roost." Another tradition says the name is a compound word that means, "the place of the Chalaka Tribe."

The latitude of Sylacauga is 33.173N. The longitude is -86.251W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 545 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 12,607.


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Median household income
Local
$29,533
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Sylacauga demographic reports
Sylacauga is in the Coosa Valley.
Mentioned in Fernando DeSoto's records in 1540

Marble quarried here was used in construction of the U.S. Supreme Court building

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 50. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 3.9 per 1,000 people.
Sylacauga received national attention for injuries suffered by a local woman named Hodges in 1954, when a meteorite crashed through her roof, bounced off the floor and struck her as she sat on her couch
Well-known residents have included:
· Jim Nabors, actor, singer
Nearby parks & recreation: Talladega National Forest
Historic sites and museums: Isabel Anderson Comer Museum and Arts Center
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)

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4% of Sylacauga residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Sylacauga ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Sylacauga was $16,209, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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16% of Sylacauga residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Sylacauga, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $253.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $846.


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Libraries in Sylacauga include B. B. Comer Memorial Library ... View libraries

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Talladega County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Sylacauga political report.

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The average commute time for Sylacauga workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 6 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Sylacauga between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 4.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly higher than the national norm.

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Hotels in Sylacauga include Jameson Inn Sylacauga.

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